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Old 02-21-2003   #1 (permalink)
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A few questions

How far is it from Pueblo Sacbe to the nearest biligual elementary school?

Is there an area map available that shows how far it is from the beach and what sort of entities are on it's borders (tire burning factory, fish filleting factory upwind, etc).

Is the satellite Internet connection up and running?

How far is it from Prodigy Infinitum enabled telephone lines (satellite Internet has huge lag times, and isn't suitable for many protocols - bringing in an Infinitum connection via a terrestrial wireless link would be a better performed and FAR CHEAPER to install).

Can I bring my gas guzzling SUV with me if it runs entirely on hydrogen, produced on-site using solar panels and electrolysis?
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This place looks amazing! I can't wait to visit. We may not be able to visti for a year or so... I would love to know more as Drew above as my wife and I have a 1.5 year old daughter.

I think we would look at this as a vacation place for a few years and eventual retirement later.

Wow! Thanks and look forward to updates.
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Old 02-25-2003   #3 (permalink)
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Re: A few questions

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Originally posted by "Drewbert"

How far is it from Pueblo Sacbe to the nearest biligual elementary school?

Is there an area map available that shows how far it is from the beach and what sort of entities are on it's borders (tire burning factory, fish filleting factory upwind, etc).

Is the satellite Internet connection up and running?

How far is it from Prodigy Infinitum enabled telephone lines (satellite Internet has huge lag times, and isn't suitable for many protocols - bringing in an Infinitum connection via a terrestrial wireless link would be a better performed and FAR CHEAPER to install).

Can I bring my gas guzzling SUV with me if it runs entirely on hydrogen, produced on-site using solar panels and electrolysis?
Hola Drew,
Interesting questions - hope the following helps:

Schools: Here, Primary is grades 1 to 6, Secondary 7-9, High School 10-12, then College. In Playa there is Ytsatil, Papalote, a school in Playacar and new school called English College, which cover all levels (except actual college) and all have some english curriculum. In Puerto Aventuras there is also a good bilingual school that a number Playa residents drive their kids to – 20 minutes south of Playa. Cancun has a number of bilingual schools as well but it is a bit of hike on a daily basis. These are all “private” schools with reasonable fees. The schools in Playa can be reached in about 15 minutes by car (gas driven model) from the centre of the village. This info was gathered from a number of local people but of course you would need to do your own research to ensure the right type of education is available.


Maps and offensive neighbours: A better map is being assembled now to be put on our updated website (check pueblosacbe.com in about 2 weeks). It will show the beach club in relation to village. To date, there are no offending neighbours. We are still far enough away from Playa’s growing edge to hear nothing but birds and smell nothing but the fallen leaves in the summer. There are no communities, homes, factories, farms, sawmills etc. near us, and more importantly, inland from us, so the water supply is crystal clear. Not sure how the trade winds will handle radioactive fallout from the war but we stand a better chance than most. And as far as we know there are no plotting terrorists in this peaceful area. Between us and the highway (2 km) is a property owned by Mayacoba. They are apparently using the density from this large parcel to build higher density on their property on the ocean side. They have long term, permitted (?) plans, to build a golf course in this area. At present, they are selectively clearing an area close to our eastern border for a reported development of a vivero (plant nursery). Sounds ok to me.

Phone and Internet Connections: So far there are not enough people living in the village to warrant a community system installation. We will be working with Playa Wireless, among others, to establish the service as required. Telmex’s cabling is at least 5 km away at the moment. There are a number of options available on the selection of communications systems. More discussion is developing on this topic daily. Peter Hoff, our communications pro is returning from Holland shortly.

Gas Guzzlers/Alt energy: I’m not a fuel cell expert but I am told with solar panels, you might need our entire 88 hectares of surface area to separate your hydrogen. Still, we would welcome your expertise in the field.

Thanks for your interest.
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Old 02-26-2003   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks

Thanks for the interesting reply Geoff.

Hands up who thinks Mexico's got enough water-guzzling golf courses already? :^)

PlayaWireless would definitely be the way to go, I think.

We're aiming to do a coast-to-coast road trip around May/June to have a another look around the area. We'll certainly be visiting your location.

Cheers,
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